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Zone-tailed Hawk in RSF/Olivenhain

Zone-tailed Hawk in RSF/Olivenhain
By {authorlink} – 1:29 pm

My obsessive checking of turkey vultures paid off today (1/29) when I scoped a very dark hawk soaring over the ridge south of Escondido Creek that didn’t look *quite* right and got a clear look at a bright, light under-tail band on an otherwise all-dark buteo as it caught a thermal and then flew north from Rancho Santa Fe towards Olivenhain. Last seen at 1:16 PM at approximately 33.0577268, -117.2197272.

Betsy Miller Vixie

Hoover High Eastern Phoebe is back.

Hoover High Eastern Phoebe is back.
By {authorlink} – 12:26 pm

The Eastern Phoebe in City Heights is back for its third year. Same location near Hoover High School and the corner of Highland and Monroe.

(32.7592677, -117.0992530)

Barbara Wise
San Diego

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Arroyo Canyon

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Arroyo Canyon
By {authorlink} – 10:08 am

Found as reported yesterday by Paul, app here:

(32.7399165, -117.1650956)
Viewed from canyon in a tall scraggly pepper tree. 
There are a couple of large eucs that toppled over recently and while I was standing there observing the sapsucker there were loud cracks and I turned around in time to see a large branch crashing down. Beware!!

Michelle  Haglund

“there is still good in this world and it’s worth fighting forSam Gamgee

Continuing Northern Parula

Continuing Northern Parula
By {authorlink} – 8:29 am

It’s been a bit of a while since it’s been reported, but the female type Northern Parula continues Saturday morning in UTC at the end of Executive Drive in the last tipu tree next to the entrance to the Firmenich parking lot. BUT, as happens all too often in tipu trees, the Yellow-rumps mercilessly chase it and everything else. So the bird didn’t remain very long and was forced to feed in the nearby sycamore trees or briefly across the street in other tipus before being chased out of there….

A “Slate-colored” Junco is in the junco flock at North Clairemont Community Park.
Paul Lehman, San Diego 

big numbers of Black-vented Shearwaters Encinitas

big numbers of Black-vented Shearwaters Encinitas
By {authorlink} – 11:19 am

i routinely look out in the ocean from Beacons beach (west end of Leucadia Blvd) and its been pretty dead for awhile . At least the last 3 days theres  theres been big numbers of Black vents from at least the north end of Solana Beach to the south end of Carlsbad. Sometimes easity seen with the naked eye   Today at Beacons Beach at 730 AM from the comfort of my warm car i estimated 10000..
Counting 50 at a time for 15 seconds i got 300 , times 4 1200 a minute times some mintutes  it thought 10k was a good guess.   I was there for 5 to 10 minutes
    The bait balls are likley around   Lots of common dolphin seen south end of carlsbad heading north in a hurry   some snap shots of the streaminng shearwaters  are in my ebird report

steve brad
leucadia/mammoth lakes

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, American Redstart, Summer Tanager

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, American Redstart, Summer Tanager
By {authorlink} – 10:52 am

A male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was present Friday morning in the Middletown/Banker’s Hill neighborhood of San Diego. It was immediately behind #3312 Front Street, which is bordering a canyon. This canyon can also be partly accessed a block away via the Spruce Street pedestrian suspension bridge. But otherwise a goodly amount of the habitat is in private yards. An adult male American Redstart continues along the east side of the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel next to Montgomery Field. Spends a bunch of time on or very close to the ground, near the fenced maintenance yard and garden debris filled dumpster. A female-type Summer Tanager continues in Old Trolley Barn Park in Normal Heights.
–Paul Lehman, San Diego

boat trip to 9-Mile Bank, W-w Scoter

boat trip to 9-Mile Bank, W-w Scoter
By {authorlink} – 1:52 pm

On Weds AM the 25th, a few folks went on a half-day pelagic trip out to the outer edge of the 9-Mile Bank. Pleasant sea conditions. Pretty much reasonably expected species were seen, with no real surprises. On the way back in, we swung over toward the Coronado shoreline and had a White-winged Scoter with Surfs approx. off the Hotel del Coronado. Offshore totals for the trips were:
Red Phalarope  20
Pomarine Jaeger  2
Parasitic Jaeger  2
Scripps’s Murrelet  12
Cassin’s Auklet  23
Rhinoceros Auklet  8
Bonaparte’s Gull  230
Heermann’s Gull  13
Western Gull  160
California Gull  180
Herring Gull  2
Forster’s Tern  3  (farther offshore than usual @ 9.4 mi W of Sunset Cliffs)
Royal Tern  1
Pacific Loon  1
Sooty Shearwater  2  (scarce but regular in winter)
Pink-footed Shearwater  2  (scarce but regular in winter; 14 mi W of Point Loma)
Black-vented Shearwater  800
Brown Booby  5
Brown Pelican  73
Brandt’s Cormorant  7
–Paul Lehman et al., San Diego

RF Booby Shelter Island

RF Booby Shelter Island
By {authorlink} – 11:33 am

This morning about 6:45, the Red-footed Booby flew over my head and south down the bay, squawking as it went. I was scanning for the RN Grebe (unsuccessfully), and had just put my gear away when the booby flew from the marina where the boats are parked north of the Harbor Police station. My guess is that the booby had roosted on a boat for the night, and got chased off this morning. It flew down the bay then turned towards Pt Loma in the general area of the bait barge.

Nancy Christensen

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb

Ancient Murrelet report yesterday

Ancient Murrelet report yesterday
By {authorlink} – 7:15 am

An Ancient Murrelet was photographed yesterday morning off Quivira Nasin somewhere near the mouth of Mission Bay. But the news was not shared until now this morning, Tuesday, via eBird. Not a birder I know, and presumably somebody looking for the Yellow-billed loon. The bird could be swimming around still today somewhere on Mission Bay or it could have gone back out to sea, but in any case certainly worth looking for today! Needless to say, if it is refound it should be immediately posted both to the WhatsApp group and the county listserv.

Paul Lehman, San Diego

Clay-colored Sparrow, record-high Barn Swallows & Canvasbacks

Clay-colored Sparrow, record-high Barn Swallows & Canvasbacks

By {authorlink} – 12:00 pm

The Clay-colored Sparrow found in late Dec at Rohr Park in Bonita by Miko Olsen, but not reported at all this month, continued this morning (Monday) near the west end of the park, as before. Today it was very close to the kiddie play equipment. Unfortunately, the Chipping Sparrows there (about 20) seem spread out on the lawn with scattered sycamores in much of that west end, each time in multiple sub-groups and singles, often with Savannah Sparrows and/or House Finches. There is not a single cohesive flock of Chippies to check….
A check of Sweetwater Reservoir tallied an all-time record winter count of 225 Barn Swallows (with 350 Trees) and an all-time record South County count of 148 Canvasbacks (the highest county totals are from North County at Camp Pendleton). Also, the continuing pair of incubating Bald Eagles. Interestingly, I saw ZERO geese!
–Paul Lehman, San Diego